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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Pete Seat
When conservative state Sen. Mike Delph took to Twitter about gay marriage and ultimately lost his formal vestiges of power within the Senate Republican caucus, he gained something far more valuable in the world of politics: "Name ID."
In 2008, Indiana Republicans experienced their first presidential loss in more than 40 years when Barack Obama carried the conservative state. In 2012, they are not about to let it happen again.
"Name ID is important because voters need to have familiarity with who you are and what you stand for," he said. "But it's not a guarantee of success. Just because they're familiar with your name doesn't necessarily mean they believe in the same things you stand for."
But simply getting that acknowledgement is not a guarantee of success - especially if it's highly divisive - said Pete Seat, an Indiana Republican strategist and former Republican Party spokesman.